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Politico: Almost Three-Quarters of Hungarians Agree to Tie EU Funds to Rule of Law Criteria

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.10.20.

An unpublished survey, seen by Politico, found that 77% of EU citizens say they want the block’s funds to be conditional upon national governments’ respect for the rule of law and democratic values, news site Azonnali reports.

The survey conducted by consulting company Kantar for the European Parliament, found that on average, 36% of EU citizens totally agree, and 41% tend to agree with the rule-of-law requirements, while only 3% of the respondents reject it completely. Also, in each EU country, except for the Czech Republic (59%), at least 70% of people agree.

In Hungary, 72% of the respondents said that they either totally or tend to agree (both numbers being 36%) with the rule of law criteria, while 18% disagreed and 12% couldn’t decide.

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The European Commission has published its first-ever rule-of-law report on Wednesday, according to which democracy is suffering in several European nations, including Hungary and Poland. The 2020 Rule of Law Report presents a synthesis of both the rule of law situation in the EU and an assessment of the situation in each Member State. The […]Continue reading

The survey also found that the same percentage of people in Poland, a country often criticized together with Hungary for the state of the rule of law, support tying the payment of funds to rule-of-law conditions.

Most people support the funds to be tied to the democratic values in Cyprus (89%) while the least amount of respondents agree in the Czech Republic (59%).

The whole survey will come out today, according to Politico, to accompany from Parliament’s end, the next trilogue meeting on the new rule-of-law conditionality, which is also scheduled for today.

Featured photo illustration by Balázs Szecsődi/MTI